European Research Council Selects Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus Database

Funding body will use publications and citations data to track success of funded projects

Amsterdam, 20 January 2011 – Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus database was selected by the European Research Council (ERC) to assist in the tracking and awarding of funding opportunities for researchers throughout the world. The ERC, the European funding body managing the ‘Ideas Programme of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, chose SciVerse Scopus because it represents the largest abstract and indexing database of peer reviewed literature in the world, and is the only database that contains data related to arts and humanities literature. 

Over the next four years, the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) will use the data provided by SciVerse Scopusin combination with a Current Research Information System, to track the success of the projects funded by the ERC in terms of publications and citations. Information provided by SciVerse Scopus will also help the ERC to fund research based on scientific excellence and, in the long term, to substantially strengthen and shape the European research system.

“The European Research Council is looking to support new ideas and creative researchers,” said Martin O’Malley, Managing Director Science & Technology Sales at Elsevier. “To realize this, both the feasibility of researchers’ visions before the funding process and the magnitude of their impact after funding must be assessed. We are proud to be selected by the ERC to help achieve the support of scientific ideas.”

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About theEuropean Research Council
Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council (ERC) is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by supporting the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age. The ERC also strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come to Europe. It funds both senior research leaders ("ERC Advanced Grants") and younger, early-career top researchers ("ERC Starting Grants"). The ERC operates according to an "investigator-driven", or "bottom-up", approach and is open to any field of research. The ERC, the newest, pioneering component of the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme, has a total budget of € 7.5 billion from 2007 to 2013. It is led by a Scientific Council, composed of 22 top scientists and scholars.

About SciVerse Scopus 
Covering the world's research literature, SciVerse Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, SciVerse Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make SciVerse Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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